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4WSFC North America

June 20-22, 2022

St. John's, Canada

Plenary Sessions
Chairs & Speakers
Plenary 1: Getting ADAPTATION Right

June 20, 2022


María Andrée López Gómez 

Memorial University, Canada
Center for Demographic Research, Spain

María Andrée has a background in Public Health (MPH), Sociology and Demography (MA) and Occupational Health (Ph.D.). She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Ocean Frontier Institute at Memorial University investigating issues of recruitment, training and retention of people in small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Demographic Research in Barcelona, Spain working on health inequalities in the working population. Her research interests focus on the impact that public and organizational policies and their implementation have on workers’ health and wellbeing, and occupational outcomes for future generations.


Sarah Harper  

 University of Victoria / University of British Columbia, Canada

Sarah is a postdoctoral fellow with the University of Victoria and the Wildlife Conservation Society, working to understand and advance gender equitable outcomes of coral reef management. Sarah completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, where she focused on bringing to light the contributions by women to fisheries economies around the world. Her research weaves together social, economic, and policy dimensions of fisheries, including gender equality, Indigenous rights, fisheries access, subsidy reform, and climate adaptation. Sarah has worked with numerous environmental NGOs including the Nature Conservancy/Nature United, Oceana, and Ecotrust Canada to better incorporate equity considerations into their initiatives. Sarah recently co-led the gender theme for the Illuminating Hidden Harvests project, a collaboration between the FAO, WorldFish and Duke University, and is an instructor for the Haida Gwaii Institute’s course on fisheries co-management of the North Pacific Coast. Sarah lives on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh-ulh Temíx̱w (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples in the place also known as Vancouver.


Sonia Strobel

Skipper Otto, Canada

Sonia Strobel is co-founder and CEO of Skipper Otto, a Community Supported Fishery based on Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, BC. Sonia has worked in a variety of community-based organizations, non-profits, and as a high school teacher for many years. She is on advisory committees with the Fisheries for Communities Coalition, the Local Catch Network, Slow Fish Canada. She is president of the Friends of Granville Island Society, a fellow with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and a business mentor with The Forum. She is a creative problem solver, an enthusiastic innovator, and a champion of social and environmental justice. Sonia has been a member of Community Supported Agriculture programs since the early 90’s and brought her knowledge of CSA’s to the family fishery, first conceiving of the idea for one of the first CSFs in the world in 2008.


Rick Williams

Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters, Canada

Richard (Rick) Williams is President of Praxis Research and Consulting Ltd., as well as the research director for the Canadian Council of Fish Harvesters. He is the project director for an ACOA-funded research and consultation project on labour supply and intergenerational succession challenges in the Atlantic Canada fish harvesting industry. From 2009 to 2013, he served as Deputy Minister to the Premier for Policy and Priorities, Province of Nova Scotia.


Kanae Tokunage

Gulf of Maine Research Institute, USA

Dr. Kanae Tokunaga is a Research Scientist in Coastal and Marine Economics at Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), located in Portland, Maine, USA. Her work uses data and economic modeling to understand how and why decisions around marine resources are made. She is interested in understanding how economic (e.g., incentives and constraints), psychological, and socio-cultural factors influence these decisions to impact the sustainability and equity of coastal and marine social-ecological systems. Her current work investigates climate change impacts on fisheries allocation policies, understanding how the diversity of business models and climate implications in Maine lobster fishery, and understanding the role of indigenous and local knowledge in climate resilience. Before GMRI, Kanae received her Ph.D. in Economics and Graduate Ocean Policy Certificate from the University of Hawaii. After completing her Ph.D., she worked as a researcher at the University of Tokyo’s Ocean Alliance. At the University of Tokyo, she looked at a range of topics, including, fisheries co-management, marine spatial planning, seafood pricing, and coastal ecosystem services. She is originally from Tottori, Japan, famous for its coastal sand dune. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping at fish markets and farmers’ markets and trying out new recipes and ingredients.


Alida Bundy 

Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

Alida Bundy is a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Canada. In support of the sustainable use of our oceans, her research focuses on providing interdisciplinary science advice for ecosystem-based fisheries and oceans management. Alida uses interdisciplinary approaches such as empirical EBM indicators and ecosystem modelling and has developed tools such as the I-ADApT Framework and an Indicator Guidance Framework to further understanding of how marine socio-ecological systems respond to change. She currently co-leads the development of the Maritimes Region EBM Framework and the DFO Maritimes Region Ecosystem-based Management WG. She also co-leads the DFO Maritimes Region Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management WG, the Canada-US Ecosystem Science (CAUSES) WG and is a member of DFO’s National Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management WG. In collaboration with the SSHRC Partnership funded V2V project, she co-leads the I-ADApT WG.

Plenary 2: Getting SMALL Right

June 20, 2022


Evan J. Andrews

Memorial University, Canada

Evan J. Andrews is a Senior Research Fellow with Too Big to Ignore: A Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ocean Frontier Institute. He is based in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2020, Evan earned a Ph.D. from the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. His research interests bring together values, human behaviour, human dignity, and environmental change into action spaces such as policy and governance. To put knowledge into action, Evan leads and contributes to collaborations for coastal and marine sustainability, including with government, non-governmental organizations, coastal communities, and universities both in Canada and around the world. He is the Vice President of the Society of Policy Scientists, an integrative research and practice network seeking to integrate knowledge to solve policy problems in service of human dignity for the future. As well, he is now leading a new research network, Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada (SSF-Can). SSF-Can brings together 75 diverse collaborators in future-facing knowledge synthesis activities, including an upcoming eBook, Thinking BIG about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada. 

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Cynthia Grace-McCaskey  

East Carolina University, USA

I am a cultural anthropologist with a focus on applied environmental anthropology.  I hold a joint position between the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) and the Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University.  I received a M.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami in 2006, and a Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida in 2012.  My research interests include political ecology, marine resource management, traditional ecological knowledge, social-ecological systems, and cooperative resource management and institutions.

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Katia Frangoudes  

University of Western Brittany, France

Katia is a researcher in political science at the University of Western Brittany in France. Her research is focusing on the social aspects of marine socio-ecosystems including the gender and fisheries governance.

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Dean Bavington

Memorial University, Canada

Dean Bavington is an Associate Professor of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. His major research has focused on a critical examination of the history and consequences of managerial interventions into the cod fisheries of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.  This project culminated in his book Managed Annihilation: An Unnatural History of the Newfoundland Cod Collapse (2010, UBC Press).  More recently, he has examined the geography of industrial aquaculture and alternatives to managerial approaches to environmental issues through a co-edited collection Subsistence under Capitalism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (2016, McGill-Queen's Press) and co-authored papers entitled: Industrial Aquaculture and the Politics of Resignation. (2016, Marine Policy) and Marine Fish Farming and the Blue Revolution: Culturing Cod Fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. (2016, London Journal of Canadian Studies).

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Hannah Harrison  

Dalhousie University, Canada

Dr. Hannah Harrison (she/her) is a human ecologist interested in the unique human-environmental relationships found within fisheries. Her current research focuses on challenges and opportunities for Great Lakes commercial fisheries. She is an incoming assistant professor at Dalhousie University, and recently finished her postdoc at the University of Guelph where she co-led the Coastal Routes Project ( Photo credit: Johnny C.Y. Lam

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Jennifer Ford  

Fisheries and Oceans Canada in the Maritimes Region

Jennifer Ford is the Director of Resource Management and Licensing for Fisheries and Oceans Canada in the Maritimes Region. Jennifer has worked in the Resource Management Branch in Maritimes Region since 2014, leading work to implement several departmental priorities related to the implementation of the Precautionary Approach in Canadian fisheries, provisions of the revised Fisheries Act, Canada’s Marine Conservation Targets, and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. She has represented Canada in the management of transboundary groundfish stocks with the United States and France, and provided leadership and support to members of her team working with regional fisheries management organizations. Jennifer has also worked in the Aquatic Ecosystems, Science, and Policy sectors of DFO Maritimes Region since 2008. Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Biology from Dalhousie University and has co-authored a number of publications related to aquatic resource management.

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Tony Doyle  

Fish, Food & Allied Workers

Tony Doyle is the Vice-President, Inshore, of the FFAW-Unifor Executive Board. Tony has been a full-time inshore fish harvester since 1970, fishing for species such as crab, lobster and cod.Tony says what he loves most about fishing is the freedom he feels on the water and being able to observe all the wildlife each day. Tony decided to run for the inshore council because he wanted to help improve the lives and income of fish harvesters in our province. Tony says, “I am proud to be a member of the FFAW. I have seen and lived through all the improvements our organization has made for fishers and their families in our communities.”

[FFAW-Unifor is led by the 16-member Executive Board, which is elected by secret-ballot vote every three years. Below the Executive Board, there are two councils; the Inshore Council and the Industrial/Retail/Offshore Council. These councils are also elected every three years. There are also dozens of committees for various species and fishing areas with hundreds of volunteer members - all of whom devote their time and expertise to making FFAW-Unifor what it is.]

Plenary 3: Step Zero for Getting Marine Conservation Right

June 21, 2022

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Patricia Pinto da Silva

National Oceanographic Administration in Woods Hole, MA

I am a Research Scientist at the National Oceanographic Administration in Woods Hole, MA. In addition to managing multiple research projects related to food systems and the human dimensions of environmental change, I am also the Principle Investigator of the NOAA Oral History Archives.  I have been building this publically accessible qualitative database for over 15 years.  Currently, Voices holds over 2200 oral histories produced by NOAA scientists as well as contributed by over 100 researchers, universities, historical societies, museums and others.  My goal is to help bring the unique knowledge and experience that people on the ground have to bear in support of ocean sustainability, food systems, culture and wellbeing. Dr. Pinto da Silva has over 25 years’ experience working in the field of Social Policy and Sustainability Science. She holds a master’s degree and PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also served as a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.   

Evan J. Andrews

Memorial University, Canada


Evan J. Andrews is a Senior Research Fellow with Too Big to Ignore: A Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ocean Frontier Institute. He is based in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2020, Evan earned a Ph.D. from the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. His research interests bring together values, human behaviour, human dignity, and environmental change into action spaces such as policy and governance. To put knowledge into action, Evan leads and contributes to collaborations for coastal and marine sustainability, including with government, non-governmental organizations, coastal communities, and universities both in Canada and around the world. He is the Vice President of the Society of Policy Scientists, an integrative research and practice network seeking to integrate knowledge to solve policy problems in service of human dignity for the future. As well, he is now leading a new research network, Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada (SSF-Can). SSF-Can brings together 75 diverse collaborators in future-facing knowledge synthesis activities, including an upcoming eBook, Thinking BIG about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada. 

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Tyler Eddy

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Tyler is the team lead at The Life Aquatic at the Fisheries & Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Tyler is interested in past, present, and future human interactions with, and ecology of, marine ecosystems. Tyler is one of the founding coordinators of the Fisheries and Marine Ecosystem Model Intercomparison Project (FishMIP) and is a Visiting Scientist at the Charles Darwin Foundation, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. Tyler was a Research Fellow at the University of South Carolina, US, with the Nereus Program, a Research Associate at the University of British Columbia, Canada, with the Nereus Program, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University, Canada, with the Lenfest Ocean Program. Tyler received a PhD in Marine Biology from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and an Honours BSc in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, Canada.


Brice Trouillet  

University of Nantes (IGARUN), France

Pr. Brice Trouillet (PhD, 2004) is a geographer whose research focuses on ocean geography, more specifically on the relations between human groups and maritime space. Through the lens of STS and critical approaches, he particularly uses the case of fisheries and marine renewable energy in marine spatial planning to study how power relations and knowledge issues intertwine in (geo)technological devices (maps, data portals...) that ultimately shape 'socio-technical agencements' forming an intermediate with the marine 'environment'. To date, he received 7 grants (2.1 M€) for research programs as coordinator, and has been involved in 16 others as a participant or as a WP leader. He is the director of LETG, a CNRS research laboratory gathering about 120 faculty members and PhD researchers. More info here:

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Patricia Clay  

NOAA Fisheries, USA

Trish Clay is an anthropologist with NOAA Fisheries. Her primary research interests are social and cultural aspects of fisheries and fishing communities as they relate to ecosystem-based management and social impact assessment. Current projects include investigating the rising average age of fishermen; understanding compliance behavior; and assessing climate impacts on community social well-being. Trish is a chair of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea’s Working Group on Maritime Systems, chair of the Society for Applied Anthropology’s Topical Interest Group on Fisheries and Coastal Communities, and on the leadership team for the IOOC Ocean Societal Indicators Task Team.

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Erica Porter

Fisher, Canada

Erica Porter is a small-scale fisher and science tech in Nova Scotia. She began commercial fishing 10 years ago at the age of 16 with her father. Starting off gaspereau fishing in the Avon River, then operating a tidal weir in the Minas Basin. Her work has transitioned into primarily science-based research. Erica loves to show share her knowledge and show that the river is not just muddy water, but a network of life. Breaking down the barrier between people and the sea.

Plenary 4: Getting Governance Right

June 21, 2022

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Kristen Lowitt

School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University

Kristen Lowitt is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s University. Her interdisciplinary research program is directed towards working with communities to build just and sustainable food systems in rural and coastal settings. Areas of interests including small-scale fisheries, Indigenous-settler collaborations for food sovereignty, and collective action for food systems governance.   

Susan Squires

University of North Texas, USA

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Susan Squires is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas. While she is best known for her expertise on customer insights research, she is currently investigating the potential of social networks as a mechanism for engaging Newfoundland fishing outports in collaborative governance.  Previously she was a Senior Researcher and Team Lead at Trinity College Dublin where she conducted research on the factors contributing to loneliness in older Irish adults and the negative impact these factors have on overall health. Her book, Kin and Religion, about outport fishing crews in Newfoundland was one of the last ethnographic studies of outport life before the moratorium. She received her Ph.D. in from Boston University in 1990.


Prateep Kumar Nayak

University of Waterloo, Canda

Prateep Kumar Nayak is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development and Associate Dean, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Prateep is also the Project Director of the Vulnerability to Viability (V2V) Global Partnership for building strong small-scale fisheries communities. Prateep’s academic background is in political science, environmental studies, and international development. He does transdisciplinary work with an active interest in combining social and ecological perspectives. Prateep’s research focuses on the understanding of complex human-environment connections (or disconnections) with particular attention to change, its drivers, their influence, and possible ways to deal with them. His main areas of expertise and interest include commons, governance, social-ecological system resilience, wellbeing, environmental justice, and political ecology. HIs most recent book is titled Making Commons Dynamic: Understanding Change through Commonisation and Decommonisation (Routledge). Currently, he teaches international development and the environment. In the past, Prateep worked as a development professional in India on issues around community-based governance of land, water, and forests, focusing specifically on the interface of research, implementation, and public policy. Prateep is a past Trudeau Scholar, a Harvard Giorgio Ruffolo Fellow in Sustainability Science, a recipient of Canada’s Governor General Academic Gold Medal, and SSHRC Banting Fellow.


Barbara Neis

Memorial University, Canada

Barbara Neis (Ph.D., C.M., F.R.S.C.) is John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professor and Honorary Research Professor, recently retired from Memorial University’s Department of Sociology. Professor Neis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 1988. Her research focuses broadly on interactions between work, environment, health and communities in marine and coastal contexts. Since the 1990s, she has carried out, supervised and supported extensive collaborative research with industry in the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries including in the areas of fishermen’s knowledge, science and management; occupational health and safety; rebuilding collapsed fisheries; and gender and fisheries.

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Bonnie McCay  

Rutgers University, USA

Bonnie McCay was trained in anthropology, economics, and ecology and earned a PhD at Columbia University in New York in 1976,  based in part on her field research among the fishing communities of Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.  Once employed at Rutgers University, New Jersey, she began research on fisheries of the northeastern U.S. but continued visits to Fogo Island for the rest of her career and in retirement.  She was fortunate to be able to do research also in Nova Scotia, Norway, Scotland, and Mexico with colleagues at other institutions, all of whom informed and enriched her understandings of fisheries systems.  Her research interests have ranged widely, perhaps best summed as comparative studies of property,  environment, and  institutions (especially cooperatives)  in different times and places, and of course the questions and challenges of the fishery commons.

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Madeleine Hall-Arber

California’s Ocean Protection Council & New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, USA

As a marine anthropologist, Madeleine Hall-Arber worked with New England fishermen for over 30 years. Her research on the impacts of regulatory change on fishing communities led to work with diverse advisory boards for the New England Fisheries Management Council, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and California's Ocean Protection Council.  The primary goal for this work was to help fisheries managers identify ways to mitigate any negative impacts of their decisions.  Her published work on New England fishing communities served as the basis for describing the human environment for several regional fishery management plans.  Hall-Arber also worked closely with fishing industry representatives on collaborative research projects pertaining to community-supported fisheries, fishing vessel safety, working waterfronts, oral histories, and the spatial documentation of fishing and marine habitat. Officially retired, Hall-Arber continues to work as an advisor to California’s Ocean Protection Council and on projects for the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center.  She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. from Brandeis University. 

Plenary 5: Food, Fishing, and Visions for the Blue Economy

June 22, 2022


Gerald Singh

Memorial University, Canada

Joshua Stoll
University of Maine, USA


Robert Pascal

Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

Robert Pascal is the Senior Director, Blue Economy Strategy at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) where he is responsible for the development of Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy. Robert has worked at Fisheries and Oceans Canada since 2010 in roles supporting strategic policy, strategic planning and priorities, and policy development and governance. Prior to his time at DFO, Robert worked at Industry Canada providing advice to the Government on issues relating to Canada’s pharmaceutical, biotechnology and vaccine industries. Before advancing his career in government, Robert worked in the private sector supporting the economic development of Ottawa’s life sciences cluster and in various roles in the telecommunications sector. Robert has an honors degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Toronto and an MBA from McMaster University with specializations in Information Systems and Corporate Finance.


Peter Halmay

Fishermen's Marketing Association San Diego, USA

After working as a Consulting engineer for seven years after graduation, I decided to take a couple of years off to pursue my diving hobby and work as a full-time abalone diver. That was in 1970 and I never went back. Over the years, I noted that what was holding fishermen back was the lack of organization, and have spent the past 30 years of my life in developing social capital in the sea urchin fishery. I was the founding director of SUHAC, the statewide sea urchin dive Association, which led to the formation of the California Sea Urchin Commission, a quasi government body under the California Department of Food and Ag. I was elected a director of CSUC and appointed Vice chairman. However, I noted a lack of involvement, or proper foundation at the Port level, and formed a fishing co-operative, the San Diego Watermen’s Association (SDWA). This effort expanded to include all San Diego fishermen and led to the development of a San Diego Community Based Association, San Diego Fishermen’s Working Group(SDFWG), the San Diego Seafood Harvesters LLC, and the Fishermen’s Marketing Association of San Diego. In 2014, became one of the owners of Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, the only fishermen’s market im San Diego. During this entire time, I have remained a full-time sea urchin diver working about 110-220 days a year underwater. Maybe I will retire in about 30 years, but the prospect of my wife being the boss instead of my being the Captain with complete authority does not sit well with me.

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Charles Mather

Memorial University, Canada

Charlie Mather is professor in the Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is co-lead of a Large Research Module in the Ocean Frontier Institute, funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. His research focuses on the biopolitics of salmon aquaculture and he works theoretically at the intersection between STS and political economy.


Sarah Shoffler


Sarah Shoffler is the Seafood Strategy National Liaison for NOAA Fisheries. She provides strategic advice to NOAA Fisheries leadership and designs ways the federal government can partner with industry and others to increase the value of U.S. commercial fisheries, expand U.S. aquaculture production, transition innovative R&D to commercial use, and encourage Americans to eat more U.S.-produced seafood. This includes the development of a national strategy for seafood sector resilience and competitiveness, and research: on seafood market pathways, seafood value chains, local and direct markets and barriers to U.S. seafood in U.S. markets. Sarah has also worked for over a decade in international science and policy for highly migratory species for the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center.


Chris Milley

NEXUS Coastal Resource Management, Canada

Mr. Milley is a marine resource manager with over 30 years of experience in over a hundred local, regional and international marine management projects the Caribbean, Central America and Canada.  Chris has liaised actively with regional and national Indigenous communities and organizations, international agencies, and organizations, such as the UNPFII, IMO, FAO, UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and the Assembly of First Nations, and coordinated co-operative support for international development assistance projects. Chris has specialized in designing and implementing community-based resource and environmental management policies and programs that promote sustainable social and economic development.  He works with marine sector managers and community organizations, particularly in identification of traditional resource use practices, harvesting areas and use of traditional knowledge.  His work has involved development of community management and development plans that link social, economic, and environmental considerations for effective sustainable development. Mr. Milley is an Adjunct Professor in the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University.

Plenary 6: Getting Future Right

June 22, 2022


Megan Bailey

Dalhousie University, Canada

Megan is an Associate Professor in the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, and a Canada Research Chair in Integrated Ocean and Coastal Governance. Her work focuses on the intersection of people and fish through the act of fishing, and examines fisheries governance processes and outcomes with an equity lens. She has two sons, two dogs, eight chickens, and enjoys gardening, cooking, and walks in the woods.   

Julián Idrobo

Aurora College, Canada


Julián is Research Chair in Indigenous Approaches to Environmental Management at Aurora College (NT). He conducts collaborative research with Indigenous peoples and local communities to understand, visualize and mobilize the contribution of indigenous approaches to environmental management to biodiversity conservation, wellbeing and livelihoods in the context of coastal and aquatic social-ecological systems. Julián has experience working in Northern Canada, Colombia, Brazil and Bolivia.


Patricia Pinto da Silva

NOAA Fisheries, USA

Dr. Pinto da Silva has been working on the integration of social sustainability in marine resource management for over 20 years.  Her academic training is in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.   Her research has evolved over the years from a focus on the collaborative management of fisheries and marine protected areas, to the social impacts of fisheries management, to defining performance measures in fisheries management. More recently, Patricia’s work has focused on broadening how we see fisheries, to look beyond the boats and docks and consider how policies and management decisions are linked with global markets, seafood supply chains, food systems and public health and how these pathways in turn impact the resilience or vulnerability of fishermen and coastal communities.  Patricia has created space to explore a wide range of perspectives through the creation of the NOAA Voices Oral History Archives where over 2200 community members, scientists, policy makers and others personal stories from around the United States and its territories are archived and shared. Her work benefits from collaborative relationships and networks, strong interagency and university partnerships including current work on direct seafood marketing being conducted with the University of Maine, Local Catch Network and the US Department of Agriculture. 


Ken Paul  

Wolastoqey Nation

Ken is a member of the Wolastoqey Nation whose traditional lands and waters encompass watershed areas in New Brunswick/Quebec (Canada), Maine (US), and the Bay of Fundy. He has worked regionally, nationally and internationally on laws, policies, inherent and treaty rights related to Indigneous fisheries and oceans govenance for First Nation Chiefs the past 10 years. He serves of boards related to ocean tech and research and promotes partnerships between Nations, governments, researchers and industry. Ken holds an MBA (SMU) and a BSc (Dalhousie) in Halifax.


Momo Kochen

Future of fish, USA

Momo is a technical fisheries consultant with over 15 years of experience working in small scale fisheries projects globally. Momo developed and oversaw the implementation of the world’s first Fair Trade certified seafood – Indonesian yellowfin tuna, has supported the development and implementation of multiple official and unofficial Fisheries Improvement Projects across Indonesia, the Caribbean and Latin America, focused on supply chain enhancement as well as multiple data collection and traceability initiatives in these small scale fisheries. Momo is passionate about all things related to small scale fisheries, especially the concept of bringing the community and fishers into the sustainability conversation and having them specify how they would like to engage, how they feel they can contribute and ultimately benefit from the increasing spectrum of work. Momo hold’s an MSc in Fisheries and Marine Resource Management from Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands and a BSc in Marine Science from National University of Ireland, Galway. Momo is a founder of the Indonesian grassroots NGO, Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), an active contributor to Future of Fish, a US based NGO working globally on business solutions for ocean challenges and a trustee of the Sustainable Fisheries and Communities Trust, based in the UK.


Hekia Bodwitch

Dalhousie University, Canada

Hekia Bodwitch is a human geographer and a postdoctoral fellow with Marine Affairs at Dalhousie University. Her studies examine how environmental governance can advance justice, with a particular focus on Indigenous fishery development. Her projects have included collaborations with Indigenous fishers, leaders, and scientists in New Zealand, with whom she examined how Maori can use Treaty protected rights to re-establish indigenous-run fisheries. She has also collaborated with interdisciplinary teams of natural and social scientists to identify how California can regulate cannabis production to minimize impacts to downstream, Indigenous owned and claimed fisheries. Currently, she is working with Inuit youth and leaders in the Canadian Arctic to explore how Indigenous-scientist knowledge co-production initiatives can support Inuit-led marine spatial planning.

Rob Stephenson

Fisheries and Oceans & University of New Brunswick, Canada

Rob has been a Research Scientist at the St. Andrews Biological Station since 1984.  From 2010-2016 he was Principal Investigator of the Canadian Fisheries Research Network that linked academics, industry and government in collaborative fisheries research across Canada. Since 2017 he has been a seasonal visiting scientist at CSIRO and Centre for Marine Socioecology in Hobart, Australia. Rob has worked extensively on the ecology, assessment, and management of Atlantic herring, and more broadly on issues related to fisheries resource evaluation, Ecosystem-Based Management, and Fisheries Management Science.  Current research interests include development of integrated coastal management, implementation of the ecosystem approach (particularly in fisheries and aquaculture), and development of policies, strategies, and governance for full-spectrum sustainability of marine activities including the integration of ecological, economic, social/cultural and institutional aspects of management. 

Plenary 7: Getting Everything Right

June 22, 2022


Ratana Chuenpagdee

Memorial University, Canada

Ratana Chuenpagdee is a university researcher professor at Memorial University in St. John’s. She leads the global partnership for small-scale fisheries, Too Big To Ignore (TBTI), which aims at elevating the profile of small-scale fisheries and rectifying their marginalization in national and international policies. Some of the current activities are ‘Blue Justice’ for small-scale fisheries, transdisciplinary capacity training to support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines, and innovative fisheries governance. Ratana also co-leads a research module on informing governance responses in a changing ocean for the Ocean Frontier Institute, another major collaborative research between universities, governments, private sectors and communities.  


Evan J. Andrews

Memorial University, Canada

Evan J. Andrews is a Senior Research Fellow with Too Big to Ignore: A Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Ocean Frontier Institute. He is based in the Department of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2020, Evan earned a Ph.D. from the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. His research interests bring together values, human behaviour, human dignity, and environmental change into action spaces such as policy and governance. To put knowledge into action, Evan leads and contributes to collaborations for coastal and marine sustainability, including with government, non-governmental organizations, coastal communities, and universities both in Canada and around the world. He is the Vice President of the Society of Policy Scientists, an integrative research and practice network seeking to integrate knowledge to solve policy problems in service of human dignity for the future. As well, he is now leading a new research network, Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada (SSF-Can). SSF-Can brings together 75 diverse collaborators in future-facing knowledge synthesis activities, including an upcoming eBook, Thinking BIG about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada. 

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Keith Sullivan

Fish Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor)

Keith Sullivan was born and raised in the rural community of Calvert on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland and Labrador, where he fished with his father on the deck of an inshore fishing vessel until completing University. Having grown up during the cod moratorium years and gaining two decades worth of experience and expertise while fishing with his father, Keith has a deep understanding of how critically important adjacent resources are to coastal communities in our province. The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union (FFAW-Unifor) represents over 15,000 working women and men throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, most of whom are employed in the fishing industry. The Union also represents workers in the hotel, hospitality, brewing, metal fabrication, banking, and oil sectors. Keith began working with the FFAW-Unifor in 2005 as a Science Program Coordinator and was elected President of the Union in 2014 to replace Earle McCurdy as the head of Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest private sector Union. Keith was 34 years old at the time, bringing a new perspective to the Union representing inshore fish harvesters. Keith is also an executive member of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters Federation, a board member of Unifor, an Advisory Board member of Marine Institute, and represents Canada on the world stage as a Commissioner to the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO). In 2021, Keith was elected for his seventh year as President of the FFAW-Unifor. Keith has made it his priority to engage young harvesters and broaden the scope of opportunity, security, and support for all members – building a Union, and a future, for the next generation of workers in Newfoundland and Labrador


Kimberly Orren  

Fishing for Success, Petty Harbour, NL

Kimberly Orren is a former high school science teacher turned commercial fisherman and co-founder of Fishing for Success, a nonprofit social enterprise in Petty Harbour that is creating a new pathway for the youth of Newfoundland & Labrador to connect with their fishing heritage. She is the Lead Facilitator for Project WET Canada in Newfoundland & Labrador, and serves on advisory committees for Food First NL, Farm to Cafeteria Canada, Ocean Frontier Institute / Governance Research, Too Big To Ignore, and volunteers for the Social Justice Cooperative. Kimberly was honoured to be recognized as a St. John's YWCA Woman of Distinction and a TEDx speaker. Recently, Fishing for Success received the Memorial University of Newfoundland President's Award for Public Engagement Partnerships, and the Sustainable Tourism Award sponsored by Parks Canada and Hospitality Newfoundland & Labrador. When not teaching others about fishing, Kimberly is out picking berries with her dog, Annie. 

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Kevin Anderson

School of Fisheries, Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University

Retired as Regional Director General of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for Newfoundland and Labrador, Kevin Anderson assumed his current position as Head, School of Fisheries at the Fisheries and Marine Institute in May 2020. Mr. Anderson, originally from L’Anse-aux-Meadows, participated in the family fishing enterprise with his father and brothers.  He began his career as a high school teacher and principal in coastal Labrador before joining DFO as a fishery officer in 1991. He held a variety of positions with DFO, including Director of Conservation and Protection, and Regional Director of Fisheries and Aquaculture Management. He also served as Senior Advisor on Indigenous Relations for DFO and the Canadian Coast Guard.  During his career, he was a negotiator for land claims and other Indigenous fisheries agreements in several Canadian provinces. In 2019 he was appointed by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada as Interlocutor for the transformation of the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation.  Mr. Anderson taught graduate-level courses in Fisheries Policy Resource Management as a part-time instructor at the Marine Institute from 1999 to 2020.  He also served as a member of the Marine Institute’s Industry Advisory Committee. He holds a B.Ed. and B.A. from Memorial University, along with an M.Sc. in Marine Policy from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

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Paul Foley

Environmental Policy Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Grenfell Campus

Dr. Paul Foley is an Associate Professor at the Environmental Policy Institute in the School of Science and the Environment at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Grenfell Campus, which is situated in traditional Mi’kmaw territory in Corner Brook. His training is primarily in critical social science fields of political economy and political ecology. His applied research supports integrated approaches to fisheries and oceans management across ecological, economic, social and governance dimensions. He is currently a co-investigator on the Ocean Frontier Institute’s Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean research project and co-principal investigator on the Ocean Frontier Institute’s Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) research project.

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